Can the Cigarette Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

by Brennen on October 11th, 2022

Much has been reported in the press not long ago concerning the bingo industry singing the blues as a consequence of the cigarette ban in the UK. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But can the web adaptation of this quintessential game offer a reprieve, or will it never compare to its real life peer?

Bingo has been an classic game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had witnessed a recent return in appeal with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo parlors instead of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the legislating of the anti cigarette law around UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes while dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most popular areas where people enjoy smoking.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already banned in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the business is absolutely fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Surely they haven’t forgotten this classic game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers realize that they can gamble on bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still have a chance at monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the net is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of people the law has left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.

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